The Apartment: Part I

Hello!

I have been on vacation for about 2 weeks now and I’m pretty excited about the preliminary results. I went a little crazy at first due to not knowing how to vacation but I quickly directed all that energy into my apartment.  This is kind of a big deal for me because I have lived in my studio since December and it finally feels welcoming after 9 gloriously busy months.  So, here’s a piece of my home. Enjoy the gallery!

I wanted my apartment to truly be a multipurpose space that could be used for studying, as a sewing studio, to host friends, and, most IMPORTANTLY, to let me indulge in being a hermit from time to time.  I wanted a pop of crazy somewhere so I decided to use chalkboard paint to play off of the high gloss shelving on the main wall.  I traded my original kitchen table legs for something shorter and more sturdy.  This gave me a chance to add them to a console table found in the IKEA as-is section.  Also, thankfully my family does construction which means I got my hands on the loveliest little toy and cut my sewing desk down to a more appropriate size. The rest of the desk can be seen in the photos and will soon become an art piece. Oddly enough, most of my items are IKEA but thanks to Creepy Craigslist I have lucked out quite nicely in the price department. Which, thankfully, has steered me away from having a Fight Club moment.

I obviously gave into my monochromatic desires by sticking with black, white and grey ( I have no self control).  However, I did try to bring in pops of my favorite color, meadow green, here and there (but I’m growing).   I still have to create and hang artwork but overall the space is complete.  Part II will be giving you a glimpse into my kitchen and my lovely closet area……I might even do a video showing my favorite pieces! Anarchy and awkwardness, I know.  Please leave questions below and I will certainly get back to you.

Have a lovely Thursday and stay tuned,

~Tia

No Ordinary Chest Revamp

After moving into my new studio, I realized that my crazy blue coffee table design (seen here)  would not work well with my tan carpet or my blue sofa…..Soooooo it was definitely time for a change.  

I headed over to Home Depot to get the loudest smelling gloss paint I have ever bought in my life. And gave into my monochromatic ways by getting a beautiful black gloss which allowed me to use my original hardware.

PaintingMadness

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Goodwill Find: Dining Ain’t Easy

I just wanted to share that two more chairs have been found for my dining table!  Check them out:

For the first one, all I have to do is make sure that I can recycle the seat cushion and give it a nice paint job.  However, the second chair needs a complete seat overhaul because the weight limits seem to have been tested……and failed miserably.  So off to the hardware store I must go to get some plywood and hopefully a jig saw :).

Have a wonderful Monday!

~Tia

Goodwill Find: A Chair Revealed

What a week off!  I have gotten so much done and have so much to do all at the same time.  I worked on the boutique’s website and even got a couple of prototypes drafted….how exciting!!!

However, before I get into a million different topics of my ever productive weekend, let’s talk about my revamp of the Goodwill chair.  If you remember from the initial post, it was a bit of a mess.  So I took the little devil apart and got to work.

First, I recycled the foam by giving it a deep clean and wrapped it with batting to make it extra comfy.

Also, because the fabric is a little on the thinner side I decided to add bleached white muslin before adding the fabric to give it a little more strength.

I reattached the seat to the frame and put the chair in action.  Now I have a desk chair where I study and code.  As well as a chair where I sew (because it’s so hard to roll a chair a couple of feet).  Let’s see this meadow green beauty:

How fancy is that?  Well, I need to go on the hunt for three more chairs.

Stay tuned!

Tia

Closet Slim Down: Part Un

I looked into my closet and I almost had a meltdown. Shirts were on the dress hangers and there were jackets on the shirt hangers!!! How did I let it come to this? Now before I confuse anyone, I sort my clothes in the following way:

  • White hangers- shirts followed by a color sort
  • Blue hangers – jackets followed by a color sort
  • Green hangers – dresses followed by a color sort
  • Sweaters, T-shirts, and pants folded on shelf (pants ordered by type)
  • Shoes on shelf by color

Well, I guess that I have subconsciously given up on this method because my closet now looks like this:

Closeted Mess

CHAOS!

Well never fear, after noticing that I have about 100 items of clothing plus whatever is thrown about on my two shelves I know what I have to do now, a second Downsize Week.  Yes, I said second…..I have issues.

Now, I have already ordered these recycled black hangers for a less chaotic look.  Plus, I have made the decision to start hanging my pants again so I bought these little clippy doodads from Huggable Hangers at  Target to get me started.  This gives me a full week to downsize and donate…..I think I need a prayer for this first task.

Wish me luck!

~Tia